Over the course of 3 weeks, observe and learn as five tiny caterpillars transform to chrysalides then emerge as butterflies. This kit also includes Painted Lady Butterfly Life Cycle Stages figurines – the Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis and Adult Butterfly – the perfect educational complement to your butterfly-raising project. Includes Pop-up, reusable 18-inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing; includes feeding dropper, 12-page STEM Butterfly Journal, Seed Packet ( comes with your Cup of live Caterpillars and a voucher that never expires to redeem your live cup of caterpillars anytime!
What our testers said
“They ate a lot, they are going to turn into butterflies soon!” – Girl aged 4
“We fed them peaches and strawberries.” – Boy aged 5
What our experts think
The Giant Butterfly Garden growing kit engages children in the world of butterflies, providing them with hands-on exploration of a life cycle in real time and the scientific concept of metamorphosis. This is great for bringing the subject of science to life and encouraging children to develop those important STEM skills of observation, prediction and logical reasoning.
The added figurines added to the learning experience as children were able to draw comparisons between the live caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies to the figures by colour and shape. They are also great for using in small-world play, which as well as promoting creativity and storytelling, allows children to act out and make sense of what they have learned about the world around them.
As younger children have a shorter attention span, they often needed support to understand the process and instructions and a little more encouragement to check on the caterpillars after the first few days had passed. However, older children were able to remain fully engaged with minimal support throughout.
– Develops observation and prediction skills
– Teaches children about scientific concepts such as life cycles and metamorphosis
– Encourages imaginative play and storytelling